ISU Coming Out Week

October 11th is recognized across the United States as National Coming Out Day. The LGBTA Alliance, Gamma Rho Lambda, and the LGBT Student Services Center are joining together to provide the Iowa State University community with a week of events to raise awareness and celebrate the coming out process. All are encouraged to attend. For updates on the week of events please see the LGBTSS Facebook/Twitter.

Back Story: History of National Coming Out Day

Monday, October 7, 2013

Blood is Blood: Tabling for Awareness of FDA Ban

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Sponsor: Gamma Rho Lambda

Description: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Ally (LGBTQA) organizations and leaders across Iowa State are raising awareness of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. All are welcome and encouraged to visit the Blood is Blood booth outside of the Iowa State Blood Drive to receive more information regarding the ban and the impact on individuals across the country. Tabling will occur Monday through Thursday at the same time and location.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OUT and Craftacular

Location: LGBTSS Center, 1064 Student Services Building

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm

Sponsor: LGBTA Alliance

Description: Join members of the LGBTA Alliance to create posters for the coming out rally to be held on Friday. Also, explore new crafting ideas that enhance LGBTQA visibility and show our pride across campus while making new friends!


Greek Community Safe Chapter Town Hall Meeting

Location: 124 Ross Hall

Time: 7:00pm

Sponsor: Office of Greek Affairs

Description: You are invited to the Greek Community Safe Chapter Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 PM in 124 Ross Hall. The event will reveal the data from the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Awareness Survey that Greek chapters completed last spring. The purpose is to learn about how the Greek Community scored regarding acceptance to the LGBTQ Community; become aware of the initiatives sponsored by the Office of Greek Affairs to build safe and inclusive chapters; and offer your input regarding steps to move forward. All Greek Community members, staff, advisers, alumni, and campus partners are welcome to attend. Join the Iowa State Greek Community to voice your opinion. For now. For tomorrow. Forever. If you have questions, please contact Thomas Arce at or Katy Cran at


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#Out2Lunch Series: Coming Out LGBTQA

Location: LGBTSS Center, 1064 Student Services Building

Time: 12:05 - 1:30pm

Sponsor: LGBT Student Services Center

Description: Join LGBTSS staff, along with other presenters, in exploring the coming out process with the #Out2Lunch Session: Coming Out LGBTQA (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Ally). During the session, individuals will gain a better understanding of the challenges and successes involved in the coming out process, strategies for supporting LGBTQA Iowa State students going through the coming out process, and explore how intersecting identities can impact the coming out process. Bring your lunch and join the crowd!


LGBTA Alliance Dance Party

Location: Carver 0268

Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Sponsor: LGBTA Alliance

Description: The LGBTA Alliance will host a highlighter dance party. Attendees are encouraged to wear white clothes, bring a highlighter, and dance under the backlights!


Coming Out: Fireside Chats with Wayne & Sarah

Location: Carver 0290

Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm

Sponsor: LGBTA Alliance

Description: Join Wayne and Sarah around the "fireside" to engage in a conversation about the coming out process and how that impacts Iowa State students.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Call for Panelists - LGBTSS Speakers Bureau Program

Location: LGBTSS Website (

Time: Occurs throughout the week

Sponsor: LGBT Student Services Center

Description: The LGBTSS offers Speakers Bureau Panels to assist in discussions and education surrounding homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism at Iowa State University. If you are interested in making a difference, sharing your story, and expanding your knowledge and experience in public speaking on LGBTQA related topics, complete the Speakers Bureau Become A Speaker Application today!

LGBT Faculty & Staff Lunch

Location: Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Sponsor: LGBT Faculty & Staff Association

Description: Bring your lunch and join members of the Iowa State LGBT Faculty & Staff Association for great discussion and community. For more information about the LGBT Faculty & Staff Association, please contact Nicci Port, or visit the LGBT Faculty & Staff Association Website.


Two Spirits: A Discussion on Gender & Diversity

Location: LGBTSS Center, 1064 Student Services Building

Time: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Sponsor: Gamma Rho Lambda

Description: Join the members of Gamma Rho Lambda for a screening of the documentary, Two Spirits, while enjoying some hot chocolate and popcorn (as supplies last). Following the documentary a group discussion will take place to explore gender and the intersections of identities.


Friday, October 11, 2013 (National Coming Out Day)

Iowa State's Coming Out Rally

Location: Parks Quad, Outside of the Parks Library

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm

Sponsor: LGBTA Alliance

Description: Now an annual tradition at Iowa State University, the National Coming Out Rally provides an opportunity for the Iowa State University community to share their coming out stories, be visible, find community, and be proud. Join us as we gather together as one community!